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When a patient loses a tooth, it’s important to replace the tooth quickly both for aesthetic and health reasons. My patient Tony knows this all too well. Seven years ago, Tony lost a tooth in an accident. He procrastinated on getting treatment, and eventually he found that that he was suffering the consequences.

A missing tooth destabilizes the entire structure of the mouth and neighboring teeth. When a patient loses a tooth, the resulting hole in the jaw bone can actually cause the bone to disintegrate and neighboring teeth may shift around. Over time this can lead to a host of very serious health problems, not to mention many patients end up hiding their smiles from the world.

One tooth replacement option—dental implants—aims to combat these problems head on.  Dental implants are titanium rods that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They fill the hole left by a missing tooth, and thanks to a process called osseointegration, the titanium actually bonds with the natural bone. Consequently, dental implant roots provide a stable foundation for the porcelain crown that is attached on top.

Dental implants are unique among tooth replacement options because they actually mimic the natural structure of teeth. The titanium rod serves as the tooth root—maintaining bone strength and density. Dental implants are easy to care for, patients simply brush and floss normally. Additionally, dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement option—with diligent care they can last for up to twenty years.

Although it’s important to replace teeth for aesthetic reasons, it’s equally important to maintain the health of your overall smile. Our O’Fallon dental implant dentists have helped numerous patients enjoy healthy smiles even after the trauma of tooth loss. Tony was able to benefit from dental implants after having some reconstructive surgeries. Now he can enjoy his favorite foods again—and he promises that he will never put off necessary dental care again! If you have any questions about tooth replacement options please give our O’Fallon dental implant dentists a call at (636) 614-1217.

First of all, welcome to the new dental blog for the O’Fallon Dental Partnership! I will be updating this blog as a way to keep in contact with our patients and people looking for additional information on dental services. These blog posts will explain advances in dental technology, and keep you up to date on what’s happening in our practice. Check back often for new content and to see my answers to many common dental questions.

This inaugural blog post is inspired by a talk I had recently with one of my patients—Cheryl. Cheryl had suffered for years with teeth that were stained and discolored from tetracycline. When a child with developing adult teeth uses the antibiotic tetracycline he or she can develop dark, stained permanent teeth. This type of staining is notoriously difficult to treat—tetracycline stained teeth are resistant to many conventional forms of teeth whitening and bleaching.

Cheryl wanted to revitalize her smile and whiten her teeth, so I told her she could be a good candidate for dental veneers. Because tetracycline stains are permanently embedded in the dental enamel, Cheryl assumed that she didn’t’ have options for whitening her teeth. However, our O’Fallon Cosmetic Dentists revitalized Cheryl’s smile with stunning porcelain veneers.

Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are affixed directly to the dental enamel. They are incredibly versatile, and can be used to fix a variety of cosmetic problems. Porcelain veneers mimic the aesthetic of natural enamel—they refract and reflect light like real teeth do. Consequently, patients end up with brilliantly white, natural-looking teeth.

Cheryl was thrilled with her results—she now has a smile that she’s proud to show off! Tetracycline stained teeth can negatively affect a patient’s self-esteem. If you or someone you know is living with these unsightly stains, please know that our O’Fallon Cosmetic Dentist Office can help you. Give us a call if you have any questions or you’d like to discuss teeth whitening or veneers in more detail—just call (636) 614-1217.

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